DANVILLE -- For one student the answer is a cause, the environment. For another it's a passion -- music.

Those are just some of the answers San Ramon Valley students came up with in answering the question "Who am I?" expressed through art.

And their answers will be displayed as part of an art exhibit for all to see. Students and art educators in all grade levels from 21 public and private schools throughout the San Ramon Valley participated in the event, said Pine Valley Middle School art educator Tricia Grame, an exhibit curator.

The exhibit will run from Nov. 15 to Dec. 15 at the Village Theatre Art Gallery in downtown Danville. A reception will be held 5 p.m. Nov. 15 to celebrate the opening and will include music by the Charlotte Wood Middle School Symphonic Band and Gotta Sing Performance Coaching.

Each of the 21 participating schools submitted three pieces of art from students to be displayed as well as the submission from the art educator, said Amy Miller, Danville's visual arts program coordinator. The theme is unique, Miller said, and it's open, allowing students to explore and express their self-identity.

"I think it will be an interesting show for sure," Miller said.

The gallery is also unique. It is in the lobby of the Village Theatre. Admission is free, although donations are appreciated. Grame said the exhibit will showcase the creative process and how students at different grade levels interpret the question.

"It's a fine example of what students of all ages can do," said Grame, who is also a Danville arts commissioner and on the advisory board for the Village Theatre Art Gallery.

The goal of the exhibit is in part to celebrate art education in a family-oriented town, Grame said.

"It's an interesting way to show the creative process," she said.

Who Am I?
What: "Who am I?" art exhibit opening reception
When: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 15
Where: Village Theatre Art Gallery, 233 Front St., Danville
Details: Visit www.villagetheatreargallery.com or call 925-314-3400.